Thank You Thursdays Archive

We are proud to acknowledge the support and generousity of these great people. 

Evan Xiao Han
Evan Xiao Han

Part of a UChicago family that includes his father Shaoxu Han, Ph.D'97, and sister Sarah Han, AB'15, Evan Xiao Han is an alumnus who regularly goes the extra mile to support current students. After graduating from UChicago, Evan worked in three different countries as a financial services professional, first at JP Morgan and then at Citi. Evan eventually settled in Hong Kong, where he now serves as the CFO of Lynk, a start-up organization that connects people seeking insights, advice, and knowledge to the right experts.

For nearly a decade, Evan has supported UChicago students through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. He got involved with the program in 2008 as a volunteer application reviewer and provided students with feedback on their internship application materials for many years. He now hires UChicago interns at Lynk each year, where students have the opportunity to tackle hands-on, substantive projects that give them the skills and experience they need to thrive in a competitive job market.

In addition, Evan serves on UChicago’s Greater China Career Advancement Regional Council, a group of dedicated alumni and parents who are working to create new job and internship opportunities in China for UChicago students. Thanks to Evan and his fellow Council members, the number of internships in China has reached a record high of 100+ opportunities, and students have access to more opportunities than ever.

Evan, thank you for all that you do to help UChicago students find meaningful and fulfilling careers, and for all of your efforts to build a strong UChicago community in Greater China! 

Lionel and Charic Jellins
Lionel and Charic Jellins

Charic and Lionel are proud UChicago parents from Houston, TX.  They have played a key role in creating a thriving UChicago community both in Houston and in Texas as a whole.

Charic and Lionel are indispensable boosters and ambassadors for UChicago. For the past three years, they have volunteered to host a summer send-off reception in their home for new UChicago undergraduates and their families.  This past week, they joined their son, Daniel, S'18 and a Resident Advisor, as well as his 90 year old Grandmother Miriam Jellins, a Doctoral student at UChicago in the early 1970’s to talk about the UChicago experience from multiple viewpoints.  Through their generosity and hospitality, they have allowed Houston-area students to meet one another, make friends, and get excited about starting at UChicago.

In addition to welcoming students at the beginning of their UChicago experience, Charic and Lionel are also playing an important role in helping students find fulfilling post-graduation careers. They currently serve on the University’s Texas Career Advancement Regional Council, a group of alumni and parents dedicated to increasing job and internship opportunities in Texas for UChicago students. Charic and Lionel have introduced the University to organizations in their network, and they are also working with other Council members to plan a UChicago career “trek” to Houston for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Charic and Lionel, thank you for all that you do to support students at every stage of their UChicago journey. We look forward to working with you this year!  

Lisa & Steve Bonner, P'11, P'17
Lisa & Steve Bonner

Lisa and Steve Bonner first joined the UChicago community in 2007—and they were deeply involved from the very beginning!

The Bonners were among the first members of the Dean’s Parent and Family Council, a group of UChicago parents who support the College and serve as boosters and advisers for the University. For nearly a decade, Lisa and Steve have shared their talents on the Council and encouraged other parents to get involved with University programming. The Bonners served as co-chairs of the Council during the 2010-2011 academic year, and Lisa has also generously volunteered her time with the Visiting Committee on the College and Student Activities, a group of dedicated parents, alumni, and Trustees who help the College create the best possible experience for students.

In addition to their leadership in the UChicago community, the Bonners have also worked directly with students to help them achieve their career goals. For many years, Steve has hosted UChicago students for “externship” job shadow experiences at his company, where students had the opportunity to explore daily life in their field of interest, rapidly expand their network, and receive mentorship and advice from experienced professionals. Steve has also hired UChicago interns through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, which helps students gain the skills and experience they need to thrive in a competitive job market.

Lisa and Steve have also provided philanthropic gifts that have helped students of all backgrounds access the College’s transformative education and Study Abroad experiences. The Bonners have generously supported the Odyssey Scholarship, which allows all talented students to come to the College regardless of their financial status. Lisa and Steve also established the Bonner Family Fund for International Education, which has enhanced the University’s impactful Study Abroad programs in Paris.

Lisa and Steve, thank you both for your continued leadership: UChicago and our students are so lucky to have you as their champions!

Michael Klingensmith
Michael Klingensmith

For decades, Mike Klingensmith has been a leader in media industry. He has held executive roles at several of the country’s most respected publications, including Time, Sports Illustrated, and Entertainment Weekly. Following a series of management positions at Time Inc., Mike became the publisher and CEO of the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2011. Under his leadership, the newspaper has experienced a revival in circulation and revenue, and it is currently the nation’s 7th largest Sunday newspaper and its 12th largest daily.

To support future media and creative leaders at UChicago, Mike made a gift that established the UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM) program. The program prepares students to thrive in these converging and rapidly changing fields. UCIJAM provides individualized advising with an industry expert, internships with a wide range of media and creative organizations, networking opportunities with industry professionals, apprenticeships with practicing artists and journalists, and career “treks” to visit employers in key markets such as New York and Los Angeles.

Mike has also made an impact on student life through his institutional leadership. Since 2001, Mike has served on the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. He is also currently a member of the Visiting Committee on the College and Student Activities, a group of alumni and friends who provide advice, advocacy, and philanthropic support for the College.

Mike, thank you for making it possible for our students to follow their dreams and for all of your contributions to the University!

Mary Lou Gorno
Mary Lou Gorno

Mary Lou Gorno knows firsthand how a UChicago education prepares students for leadership. A graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Mary Lou has served in a number of executive roles during her highly successful career. She is currently a managing director at Ingenuity International, a global executive search firm. Prior to joining the search industry, Mary Lou served as a senior executive of the Leo Burnett Company, where she helped many global brands achieve their goals.

Mary Lou has been a tireless advocate for UChicago. She is a regular keynote speaker at events for admitted students, where she eloquently and passionately encourages students to make their home at UChicago. Mary Lou has also hosted the "UChicago Launchpad" reception in Chicago, UChicago's signature summer event for alumni, current students, incoming students, and their families.

Mary Lou has also been a leader in the campus community. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004, has served on the Executive Committee since 2007, and currently is Vice Chair of the Board. She is also a member of the leadership team for the University's $5 billion capital campaign. She has generously supported faculty, students, and a wide variety of initiatives on campus.

Mary Lou, thank you for all that you do to support UChicago students, and we look forward to working with you for many years to come!

John W. Boyer
John W. Boyer

John W. Boyer first came to the University of Chicago to complete his graduate studies in history. He received his Ph.D in 1975 and joined the faculty in the same year, where he has served for more than 40 years. In 1992, he was appointed to his first term as Dean of the College.

Since his appointment, Dean Boyer has spearheaded historic advances in the College that have enhanced every aspect of the undergraduate student experience. During his tenure, the College has launched the Odyssey Scholarship for low-income students, built 3 new residence halls within the past 15 years, added several exciting new majors and Core courses, created dozens of Study Abroad programs, and developed thousands of internships and other career opportunities. Dean Boyer’s ambitious vision for the College has drawn unprecedented interest from talented students throughout the world: applications, yield, and retention have all significantly increased. He is the longest-serving Dean of the College in University history and was reappointed to a sixth term in March 2017.

In addition to these accomplishments, Dean Boyer is the premier historian of the University of Chicago. He has written several monographs on the University’s history and recently published The University of Chicago: A History in recognition of UChicago’s 125th anniversary. Each year, he leads a group of students, faculty, and Hyde Park residents on a historical tour of the South Side, perched on his signature bicycle. Dean Boyer also has the unique gift of finding a historical analogue with the Habsburg Empire for any aspect of life at UChicago.

Dean Boyer, thank you for your transformational leadership, and we look forward to working with you to make the College even greater in the years to come!   

Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson

When you visit Career Advancement and Ida Noyes Hall, you’re likely to see the friendly face of Eric Jackson.

Eric has been working at the University for nearly 30 years. He started his first job at UChicago in 1990 welcoming students and visitors to the Shoreland dormitory, where he staffed the front desk. After a three year stint directing and unloading airplanes with American Airlines, Eric returned to the University in 1994 and has stayed here ever since. He continued to provide a welcoming and safe environment at the Shoreland all the way up until the building’s closure in 2009, when he transitioned to a new role as a housekeeper in Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons (formerly known as South Campus Residence Hall). Today, Eric is an event services worker at the University’s Office of Event Services, which oversees space reservation, set-up, and services for events in Ida Noyes Hall.

Eric and his colleagues prepare Ida Noyes Hall for all events happening that day, including Career Advancement programs. During events, he ensures that all clients have what they need and helps them troubleshoot any problems. Eric also helps maintain the building and keep its spaces in top-quality shape.

Eric, thank you for all of your hard work behind the scenes: you are an invaluable partner to Career Advancement!

Suzel Vazquez, M.D., and Roberto (Bob) Martinez
Suzel Vazquez and Bob Martinez

Suzel M. Vazquez, M.D. and Roberto (Bob) Martinez are UChicago parents who have played a key role in the University's growth in the Miami metropolitan area. Suzel is a noted internist, endocrinologist, and age management specialist who manages her own private practice. Bob is a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, one of South Florida's oldest and most accomplished trial law firms.

Suzel and Bob have been invaluable resources to Career Advancement as it expands the number of career opportunities in Florida for students. They have introduced the University to several organizations in their network interested in hiring UChicago interns. Bob has also served on the Miami Career Advancement Regional Council, a group of alumni and parents dedicated to helping the University increase engagement with the UChicago community in South Florida and develop new opportunities for students. Thanks to the efforts of Suzel, Bob, and their fellow community members, the number of internship opportunities in Florida increased by 20% in just one year.

Suzel and Bob also generously supported Career Advancement's recent career "trek" to Santiago, Chile. The trek gave 19 students the opportunity to explore career opportunities in one of Latin America's most vibrant and dynamic markets. The students visited several leading organizations in business and finance, including Goldman Sachs, Banco Santander, and the Chilean government's Ministry of Economics. One trek participant said, "This trek to Santiago was an amazing opportunity to learn about the rapidly developing economy of Chile, discover some of the various career paths in Santiago for UChicago students, and develop deep connections across the globe."

Suzel and Bob, thank you for sharing your time, contacts, and resources to support our students and create a thriving UChicago community in Miami and South Florida!

Myrtle Potter
Myrtle Potter

Myrtle Potter is one of the nation’s most accomplished leaders in healthcare. She is the founder and CEO of Myrtle Potter & Company, a healthcare consulting and advisory firm. Prior to launching her own company, Myrtle held executive roles at several large pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer healthcare firms, including Genentech, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, and Merck. Myrtle is also an on air contributor to a number of CNBC programs. She is the co-author of Living Proof: Celebrating the Gifts that Came Wrapped in Sandpaper, a collection of true stories of individuals who have overcome adversity and embraced its lessons.

Drawing on her experiences in the healthcare industry, Myrtle has helped many UChicago students launch careers in health and medicine through her support for the UChicago Careers in Health Professions (UCIHP) program. She sponsors the UCIHP Potter Fellows in Community & Social Medicine, a ten-week summer research program that provides students with a structured opportunity to investigate issues in community health, social sciences, and the social context of health and medicine. In addition to their research internships, Potter Fellows also participate in a weekly lecture and discussion series focused on topics of healthcare disparities, the economics of healthcare, and national and local healthcare policy. Thanks to Myrtle and other UCIHP supporters, UChicago students are accepted to medical school at rates more than double the national average. For example, this past year, 82% of UChicago applicants were accepted to medical school, compared to the national average of 39%.

Myrtle has also helped the University attract more talented students from all backgrounds. She has generously supported the Odyssey Scholarship, UChicago’s comprehensive set of resources for students with financial need. In addition, Myrtle has written letters to admitted students encouraging them to bring their talents to UChicago. She also serves as a booster and champion for the University through her service on the Board of Trustees.

Myrtle, thank you for all that you have given our students and for being an inspiring example for them to follow!  

Krista Paul
Krista Paul

For 13 years, Krista Paul has been a passionate advocate for the students in Township High School District 214, which serves more than 12,000 students from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, and Des Plaines. After serving for 6 years as a teacher, Krista took on a new role with the district’s career and technical education initiatives. Thanks to the efforts of Krista and her colleagues, District 214 has developed a comprehensive set of career resources and opportunities that are practically unheard of at the high school level, including internships, career exploration programs, special events, and guest speakers.

District 214’s career programs are partially modeled on UChicago’s approach to career services. After Krista reached out to learn more about the University’s model, a strong partnership has developed between both institutions. Krista and UChicago have worked together to help more District 214 students, many of whom are first-generation, bring their talents to selective colleges and universities. 

In addition to the many ways she supports her own students, Krista has also served as a mentor to UChicago students. For the past 2 years, Krista’s team has hired a UChicago intern through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. They recently hired their third Metcalf intern, and their first Metcalf intern has continued working at District 214 part-time! Krista has also played a key role in UChicago’s Employer Advisory Council, which helps Career Advancement identify ways to create more opportunities for UChicago students.

Krista, thank you for being a tireless champion for District 214 and UChicago students, and we look forward to partnering with you for many years to come!

Carol Baum
Carol B.

Carol’s combination of experience, knowledge, dedication, and warmth have been key to the Office of College Admissions’ success since she first joined the University of Chicago in 1999. As office manager, Carol inspires all of us in the myriad ways she creates a positive experience for guests and issues a warm welcome to prospective students and families. She is an integral part of our college admissions team because of her strong hospitality, her detailed management skills, and her close attention to the logistics that ensure the Office runs smoothly. Her smiling greeting, helpful directions, general wisdom, and radiant personality make her a fantastic representative of UChicago.

“Since I started working in this office as a tour guide five years ago, Carol has made this place feel like home,” says UChicago admissions counselor Kyle Kurfirst. “Whether we are talking about her grandchildren or the Chicago Blackhawks game last night, I know I always have a friend to chat with at the front desk.” 

Carol was born and raised in Chicago, and finds that the students she works with in the Office—from PSAC students to senior interviewers to interviewees to visitors—are what make her job so rewarding. “I think I have the best job in the University because I get to meet kids from all over the world,” Carol says. She has been invited to multiple weddings of students she has worked with, and admits to crying when those same students graduate.

One of her biggest keys to success: Communication. “I have a good ear, I listen,” Carol says.

Some of her favorite things to listen to are the diverse backgrounds of the many students who come through her office. According to her, part of what she enjoys about UChicago is that it is a University open and accepting to everything and everyone.

“They stand their ground for what they believe in,” Carol says.

Carol, thank you for your long history of hard work and your invaluable support at UChicago! 

Yuzuru Anzai and Maria Teresa Benedetto
Yuzuru Anzai and Maria Teresa Benedetto

Dr. Anzai and Dr. Benedetto are physicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. They serve as faculty members at the New York University School of Medicine and see patients at their own practice, NY Midtown OB/GYN. They first joined the UChicago community in 2010 when their daughter Lavinia entered the College. Both Dr. Anzai and Dr. Benedetto have a passion for helping students succeed in medicine, and they have very generously shared their experience and expertise with UChicago in many different ways.

For the past 5 years, Dr. Anzai and Dr. Benedetto have volunteered to participate in the Alumni Board Externship Program, which offers job shadowing opportunities for UChicago students with established professionals at their place of work for 1-5 days during University break periods. Dr. Anzai and Dr. Benedetto have hosted students at both their own practice and the NYU Langone Medical Center. Their externs have had the opportunity to explore the daily life of a medical professional in-depth, speak with doctors and physician assistants about their career path, and get all of their questions about the field answered. Dr. Anzai and Dr. Benedetto have also hosted students for longer-term internships through UChicago’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Their former externs and interns have gone on to a wide variety of exciting post-graduation pursuits, including medical school and health policy careers.  

In addition to mentoring students, Dr. Anzai and Dr. Benedetto have supported several important UChicago initiatives. They have shared their insight and advice as medical professionals with UChicago Careers in Health Professions, Career Advancement’s pre-professional program for students pursuing careers in health and medicine. They have also served on the New York Career Advancement Regional Council, a group of alumni and parents who have helped the University increase its engagement with the New York metropolitan area.

Dr. Anzai and Dr. Benedetto, thank you for all that you do to support UChicago: we and our students look forward to benefiting from your advice and mentorship for years to come!

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

Steve Miller is the co-founder and president of Inquidia Consulting, a firm in Chicago that provides professional services in analytics, data science, and business intelligence. Steve has been active in the field since his graduate studies in the 1970s. Before founding Inquidia, Steve served as executive vice president at Piocon Technologies, executive vice president at Braun Consulting, and senior principal for Oracle Consulting.

For much of his career, Steve has offered substantive entry-level positions at his companies for UChicago students. Steve’s hires have the opportunity to take on significant responsibilities. He values UChicago graduates’ data-driven attitude, their strong quantitative skills, and their commitment to backing up their claims with evidence. He has personally come to campus to conduct all initial interviews.

Steve’s efforts have led to a highly productive partnership with the University. Of his 25 staff members, 7 of them are UChicago alumni.  Inquidia is now entering its eighth recruiting season at UChicago, and he anticipates that the firm will hire even more UChicago graduates as it continues to grow.

Steve, thank you for all that you do to advance UChicago students’ careers, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you again this year!

Michael & Florence Danly
Michael & Florence Danly

Michael and Florence Danly are highly committed volunteers and the proud parents of two UChicago students. Their support for a wide variety of events and programs has played a key role in expanding the University’s relationship with Miami and South Florida.

The Danlys’ relationship with UChicago began when Michael attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received his MBA degree in 1981. The UChicago connection has continued into the next generation: Michael and Florence’s two sons, Pierre (Class of 2017) and Sander (Class of 2018), are current undergraduates in the College!

For several years, Michael and Florence have hosted special events at their home. At their admitted student receptions, the Danlys have welcomed recently admitted College students from South Florida into the UChicago community and provided a forum for new families to learn more about life at the University. They have also hosted the Miami “UChicago Launchpad” reception, a summer event that brings together alumni, current students, incoming students, and their families to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and congratulate the entering class of College students as they “launch” a new chapter in their lives.

Michael and Florence have also served as boosters to create new career opportunities in the South Florida region for current students. They both volunteered to serve on the Miami Career Advancement Regional Council, a group of South Florida alums and parents dedicated to expanding the number of full-time jobs and internships available to students. Thanks to the council’s efforts, the number of internship opportunities in Florida increased by more than 20% in just one year.

Michael and Florence, thank you for all of your support for UChicago students, and we look forward to partnering with you on the next Miami “Launchpad” reception this summer!

Victor Lima

Victor Lima joined the Department of Economics in 2001 after completing his Ph.D here at the University of Chicago. He has taught courses on a wide variety of subjects, including economic analysis, econometrics, and price theory. His classes are highly sought after by students and often fill above capacity.

Dr. Lima has been instrumental in bringing the world’s most talented students to the College. He regularly attends College Open Houses, answers questions from prospective students and their families, and invites high school students to his classes so that they can see the College’s transformational education firsthand. He has also played a key role in creating the new College Pathway Program in Economics, an exciting summer program that will give high school students the opportunity to experience UChicago’s world-class economics curriculum.

In addition to supporting students’ academic growth, Dr. Lima has been an invaluable resource for students’ professional development. To develop new internship and full-time job opportunities for students, he has introduced Career Advancement to several employers in his network. Because of Dr. Lima’s professional connections in Chile, students recently had the opportunity to participate in a career “trek” where they visited a wide variety of potential employers in the Santiago metropolitan area. Dr. Lima has also generously volunteered his time at “faculty chat” events for student employees to thank them for their contributions to the University and discuss how they can leverage their on-campus positions to reach their professional goals.  

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